The restaurant permanently closed in early March
Occitania restaurant by chef-owner Paul Canales has permanently closed less than a year after opening.
The upscale southern French restaurant, located at 422 24th St., shuttered on March 10, as first reported by Eater San Francisco. In a statement, Canales told the publication that “it was not sustainable to keep the restaurant open” but did not elaborate on details.
Occitania opened with much anticipation last June on the ground level of the Kissel Uptown Oakland hotel. Canales also owns the Spanish restaurant Duende, which is located a few blocks away from Occitania, and he previously worked at the now-shuttered Oliveto restaurant before he shifted his focus to French cuisine.
Occitania’s restaurant menu focused on a mix of French dishes like brandade and classic steak frites while also blending the flavors of northern Italy and the Basque Country.
“We get to dig into this sort of comfort, but (are) able to add finesse,” Canales told the San Francisco Chronicle last year ahead of the restaurant opening. (The Chronicle and SFGATE are both owned by Hearst but have separate newsrooms.)
Canales told Easter SF that his team will stay invested in Duende, “where business remains strong and we have developed a strong, loyal fan base.”
SFGATE reached out to Occitania for comment but did not hear back by publication time.
News Source: https://www.sfgate.com/food/article/oakland-occitania-restaurant-permenantly-closes-17844283.php